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In the Moment: An Interview With Rick Davis on ‘Arts By George!’ on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at George Mason University’s Center for The Arts

These are times of increasing emphasis on STEM as the seemingly set future direction for American students; when there is serious discussion that college bound students and their parents be presented with a ROI (Return on Investment) given the major student debt many incur. With that perspective in mind, I enjoy my regular conversations with […]

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Virginia Opera’s ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ by Jacques Offenbach at George Mason U

I was expecting to be entertained by the Virginia Opera’s rendition of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, directed by Sam Helfrich, which played at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts last night, but I wasn’t expecting to be delighted. I was. That’s not surprising, actually, given the high musical and dramatic reputations of […]

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The Beach Boys at Wolf Trap

Nostalgic Fun for all Generations: The Beach Boys at Wolf Trap Great music and good weather brought audiences out in droves to Wolf Trap for an unforgettable afternoon with the iconic band, The Beach Boys last night. The sold-out performance was the hottest ticket in town for this eclectic audience. From the littlest “Surfer Girl” to the […]

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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Announces 25th Anniversary Season of Great Performances at Mason by Jill Graziano Laiacona

Celebrating 25 years of bringing outstanding performing arts to George Mason University and audiences in the greater Washington, DC area, George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax announces its 2015-2016 Great Performances at Mason season, featuring a collection of renowned artists and ensembles from across the globe. The season begins in September 2015 […]

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In the Moment: ‘Off the Wall’ at George Mason University on Saturday, April 18th

Its title beckons with a “come hither” attitude; Off the Wall. Three small intriguing words that are total catnip when strung together. And, then a connection to something called the Virginia Serious Game Institute. Seriously. Hoo-ha. Now this seems something to investigate. So without a moment’s pause I dug deeper. I learned that Off the Wall wants […]

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Todd Ellison and Friends: ‘The Romance of Broadway’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Todd Ellison and Friends delivered an early Valentine to audiences at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Sunday afternoon. The Romance of Broadway delivered a charming musical afternoon packed with Broadway standards, as well as some little known gems. Charming and self-effacing, Ellison regaled the audience with tales of his childhood in Connecticut (he grew up […]

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In the Moment: Walnut Street Theatre’s Touring Company Brings ‘A Life in the Theatre’ to GMU’s Center for the Arts on February 6th

America’s oldest theatre, Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, also has a touring company component. The touring company is a regular presence at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, Great Performances series. Walnut Street Theatre will be bringing a production of A Life in the Theatre (1977) by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet to the […]

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A Chat with Patti LuPone on ‘Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda’ on September 27th, 2014 at ‘Arts by George’ at George Mason University

Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone and I had a conversation about her upcoming performance of Coulda Woulda Shoulda coming up at George Mason University’s Arts by George on September 27th at The Center for the Arts. It’s a benefit for George Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the money raised that night will help fund student scholarships and […]

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An Interview With Director Laurie Nelson on ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ at George Mason University on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m

DCMetroTheaterArts (“DCMTA”) is interested in highlighting community performing arts events that focus on emerging musical theater talent and fresh voices. With well over 100 professional and community-based theaters and opera companies in the DC metropolitan area, there are always opportunities for new talents to perform. DCMTA’s David Siegel recently spoke with Laurie Nelson, director of […]

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Aquila Theatre’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts by Audrey Thornton

From the first scene to the last, Aquila Theatre’s riveting posthumous production of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 play, Fahrenheit 451 was superb; the best I have seen in casting, design, lighting and music (credits follow). Directed by Artistic Director Desiree Sanchez the play scored high marks for updating Bradbury’s themes of censorship and the battle of […]

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THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Children’s, High School, and University Productions and Performances of 2013′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts

Here are the choices of The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts for our Favorite productions and performances in Children’s Theatre and High School and University productions that we saw in 2013. Congrats to all the honorees and to everyone who performed on our local stages in 2013. Please leave your list of your favorites you would like […]

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